Frances McDowell Scott, a back-seat passenger in a minivan stopped at a red light at the intersection of U.S. 90 and the Interstate 10 , was killed on January 15, 2015, when a car driven by 38-year-old Christopher Corey Cain failed to stop and violently slammed into the back of them, according Daphne police spokesman Lt. Jud Beedy .
Cain, who was determined at the scene to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol, struck a total of 5 other vehicles at the intersection but there were only minor injuries as a result although one person did suffer a broken leg. The bulk of the force of the blow was taken by the first vehicle Cain hit, a Chevrolet minivan where Frances McDowell Scott was a back-seat passenger. Scott’s husband was also in the backseat and her daughter was in the front seat, according to Lt. Beedy. Neither was seriously hurt.
Cain had fled the scene of a domestic dispute between him and his girlfriend that led her to seek the protection of the police at Daphne Police Department North Precinct at the Jubilee Square Shopping Center, and was not being pursued by police at the time of the accident. Cain was driving a 2007 Toyota Tundra and has been charged with manslaughter although further charges including murder are pending toxicology reports. A grand jury hearing is pending.
Negligent driving that causes the wrongful death of an innocent party is taken very seriously in Alabama. Regardless as how unintentional it may seem, drivers who cause automobile accidents that result of the death of the occupants of other cars often find themselves charged with vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide. It’s up to a grand jury to make a determination of the charges once all the forensic evidence from the scene is obtained including most importantly, the toxicology reports of the drunkenness of the driver. People who are convicted based on DUI of vehicular homicide in Alabama faces a maximum of five years in prison.
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